Futuristic MMO’s haven’t had much luck with NCSoft, first the potential hit Auto Assault was launched and then was shut down about a year later; Now? Well, the game Tabula Rasa – which had potential to be the defining MMO in the Sci-Fi genre is slated to close its doors for good in February of 2009.
I caught wind of the news yesterday, and the post on the website makes it all unfortunately true:
To the Tabula Rasa Community,
Last November we launched what we hoped would be a ground breaking sci-fi MMO. In many ways, we think we’ve achieved that goal. Tabula Rasa has some unique features that make it fun and very different from every other MMO out there. Unfortunately, the fact is that the game hasn’t performed as expected. The development team has worked hard to improve the game since launch, but the game never achieved the player population we hoped for.
So it is with regret that we must announce that Tabula Rasa will end live service on February 28, 2009.
Before we end the service, we’ll make Tabula Rasa servers free to play starting on January 10, 2009.
We can assure you that through the next couple of months we’ll be doing some really fun things in Tabula Rasa, and we plan to make staying on a little longer worth your while. For more details about what we are doing for Tabula Rasa players, please click here.
Stay tuned for more information. We thank you for your loyal support of the game and encourage you to take us up on the benefits we’re offering Tabula Rasa players.
The Tabula Rasa Team
Source: Tabula Rasa Website (www.rgtr.com)
This closure comes not long after NCSoft CEO Richard Garriott (infamous creator of the Ultima series and known, to some, as Lord British) decided to leave his position at NCSoft and pursue other goals in life. Putting all of this information together makes it appear, whether NCSoft meant to or not, that Richard Garriott was the only one keeping Tabula Rasa afloat.
Oh well, maybe someone will create a Sci-Fi MMO that lasts… or maybe its a genre cursed to fail; until then we are stuck with the same old same old.